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In a vase on Monday – let’s hear it for the girls!

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Not a particularly girlie arrangement, but the combination of International Women’s Day last Thursday and Mothering Sunday yesterday suggested a dedication was in order!

I’m afraid they’re pretty rubbish photos as they were taken on Sunday when the light was definitely fading, but you get the idea.

The various Hellebores have really bulked up over the last couple of years to the extent that I can definitely spare some for the house, and they’re also pretty tall, so I’ve plumped for quite a large arrangement.

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Added to these are stems from a very leggy Hebe (which should really come out), and some zingy Euphorbia. 

If you look carefully you’ll see the water is very milky.  This is because I didn’t sear the Euphorbia stems, which you really should.  Nor did I sear the Hellebores (which I’ve also heard you should) but the single bloom I cut for a previous IaVoM lasted absolutely ages without searing, so let’s see how they get on.

I’m actually in London five days this week, so I won’t actually see this arrangement again until late on Saturday night.  By then I fully expect both of us to be looking exhausted!

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With thanks to Cathy for hosting all our Monday vases.

In a vase on Monday – Through a vase, darkly

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Having been away last weekend, it feels like the garden has moved on significantly in a fortnight.  One plant, Euphorbia characias Wulfennii, to me epitomises spring with its fresh, zingy, lime green flower heads, and it has self seeded in a number of places.  The fact that those places aren’t necessarily the ones I would have chosen, made cutting it for today’s vase seem like a good idea.  img_2146

In the photo above you can also glimpse a branch of a very leggy pink tipped Hebe, which I was also happy to sacrifice as, too be honest, the whole plant should probably come out.

To these I added some gorgeous Hellebore blooms.  Whilst I recognise they don’t last as long in the vase as they do in the garden, I also recognise that if they’re in the house I will see much more of them so, snip!img_2145

I do like the contrast between the dark and the ‘zing’.  Why don’t you go to Cathy’s website Rambling in the Garden to see what others have put together in their vases this weeks?

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2015

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A late foray into the garden and the combination of low light, macro lens and windy conditions have made for rather fuzzy photos, so apologies!

The view above shows the bed running by the kitchen wondow which contains the pink Rose Flower carpet,  However, as you can see, both the Leucojum aestivum and the Narcissus Tete a tete seem to have proliferated since last year, and the rose is hardly to be seen.  The Phormium to the right of the photo is the one I’d like to get rid of and replace with something for winter interest, but annoyingly, it looks quite good in this grouping.  Hmmm.

After my Lonely and Blue Wordless Wednesday post, I’ve now had many more Irises come into flower in the big copper pot.  What I can’t quite believe is that I planted such a mix.  I haven’t had time to look back at my order, but there appear to be three different blue/purples and a solitary yellow one.  Bizarre.

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The hellebores are now at their best, unlike the photos

and here is a shot of the Hebe I arranged with some of them in Monday’s vase.IMG_6213

There are also a number of Euphorbias in zingy green bloom,

as well as a few Forget me nots just started to flower.  I like this slightly darker one.IMG_6226

The self sown primula I mentioned last month is still flowering wellIMG_6227

and has been joined by a new one I couldn’t resist, for sale at Osborne House,  (post to follow).IMG_6231

And to finish, a little grouping of bulbs by the door, Narcissus Tete a tete, Narcissus Elka and Muscari Armeniacum Big Smile.

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The Narcissus Elka,  (close up below), is the one I’m growing for the wedding.  This is a ‘trial’ pot I left in the cold frame when all its peers got moved to the fridge two weeks ago.  I’m delighted with the colouring and the size and shape of the blooms.

So what of the others?  Well, contra to the majority of advice received, I’ve left them in the fridge!  They were allowed out for good behaviour last Monday, and I think I’ll do the same tomorrow, but they’re looking fine and have definitely been stopped in their tracks by the combination of cold and dark.

The Muscari for the wedding are Muscari Latifolium, not the one above.  You may recall these were looking a little behind and so spent the week before last in the greenhouse.  They put on rapid growth and so were moved out to the garden, but I’m thinking they might need to come back into the greenhouse as, not surprisingly, they’ve slowed right down again.

Thankfully, there aren’t too many pots, and so all this moving around and in and out is more entertaining than challenging.  My fingers are still firmly crossed, but I’m feeling a little more confident than previously.  Watch this space…IMG_6214

With thanks as ever to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts the GBBD.

In a vase on Monday – beautifully bruised

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A very simple ‘plonked’ vase today, inspired by a late afternoon pop into the garden.

I noticed for the first time that the pink of the hellebores was pinked up by the tips of the (inherited) hebe, and a simple two item arrangement was born.

Today’s jug is a contemporary one by a company called Repeat Repeat.  They’re based in Stoke on Trent (where my mum came from!) and sell a number of ranges, but the china I adore is the flower themed ‘relief’ items like this one.  In fact, looking on their website just now, has introduced me to a whole lot more jugs I’d like…

Back to the arrangement, it really couldn’t have been simpler.  The rather woody stems of the hebes provided a natural grid like structureIMG_6112

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to support what can be rather floppy hellebores.IMG_6113

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In fact the hellebores are currently looking very perky, but how long that will continue in an Aga heated kitchen I don’t know!

With thanks as ever to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this lovely meme.  Why don’t you go and have a look at some other Monday vases?